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FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands

About the office

The FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands was established in 1996 in Samoa to coordinate the work of FAO in the Pacific region. The member countries are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Tokelau is an Associate Member.

The FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands (FAO SAP) is a technical hub which supports 14 countries in the Pacific. It is responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing programmes and projects to address food security, nutrition, agriculture and rural development priorities.

FAO SAP works with national governments and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for national and regional assistance. The biennial meeting of FAO South West Pacific Ministers for Agriculture aligns FAO assistance with the priorities of the region.

Headed by the Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands, the FAO SAP office has a Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) comprising technical officers, consultants and administrators. A network of country focal points in the Pacific Islands assist the work of FAO SAP team.

The Pacific Multi-Country Programming Framework (CPF) Document 2018 - 2022 provides the framework to help guide the design of projects and programmes for the region. The CPF details three priority result areas which were identified in broad consultation with national governments and stakeholders.

FAO SAP fosters partnerships with relevant government ministries, private sector and farmers’ organizations and NGOs in the Pacific. FAO SAP works closely on various projects with UN agencies and the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific. 

Priority areas

  • Evidence-based recommendations developed and promoted to incentivize the production and consumption of safe and healthy food;
  • Sustainable and climate-smart practices promoted to help build resilient agriculture, fisheries and forestry production systems;
  • Food control and business practices identified and  promoted to facilitate efficient agri-food value chains which provide safe, nutritious and affordable food.

Subregional Coordinator

See also

  • Country focal points
    in the Pacific Islands


FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific

UN Compound Lauofo Meti’s Building Matautu-Uta,
Apia, SAMOA.

Mailing Address:

FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Private Mail Bag

Apia, SAMOA.

Tel: +685 22127
Fax: +685 22126

E-mail: [email protected]